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Our Initiatives

BOOST has three initatives that help programs form higher quality expanded-learning experiences for all students. 

Quality Initiative 

BOOST’s Quality Initiative helps programs more effectively meet the needs of the children they serve by guiding staff members through a continuous process of quality improvement using an evidenced-based assessment tool. By providing personalized coaching, professional development and a plethora of resources and best practices, BOOST helps programs achieve better outcomes for youth and families. 

For more information on how the Quality Initiative works, click here.

Building Leaders in Advanced STEM Thinking (BLAST) Initiative 

STEM education is a key area in developing students who are prepared for the workforce. In partnership with Science on the Move, S2TEM Centers SC, and the Next Steps Institute, our BLAST Initiative has selected three programs looking to give all of their students STEM opportunities to build student interest in STEM learning. We provide BLAST program sites with professional development, curriculum materials, and program assessments to help create expanded-learning environments where students are able to challenge and immerse themselves in STEM activities. 

BOOST has given us a means of being more effective in providing STEM activities because they look different from in school to out of school. The initiative allows us to recognize what resources we can use in our program for STEM, and it’s something that helps students as they go into the workforce and transition into adulthood. (Juanita Jones, program provider)

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Initiative 

In an attempt to examine student outcomes from quality programming, BOOST has implemented the SEL Initiative. The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning defines SEL as "the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions."

Currently in its pilot run, our SEL Initiative is measuring seven expanded-learning sites to learn how student level outcomes that lead to academic and career success (from these SEL skills) are linked to program quality standards.